The alarm has sounded not once but twice in the past few days for the Bryan Station girls' high school basketball team.
The first wake-up call came in the last game of the season when the Defenders were beaten by Paul Dunbar.
It was their third loss in five games, which was not normal for Station, which won 20 of its first 22 games this season.
"They realized they can't just show up and win," Coach Karra Jackson said. "They became much more focused after that."
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The second wake-up call came in the first half of the 42nd District Tournament semifinals Wednesday when the Defenders found themselves trailing by nine points to Henry Clay.
But they woke up just in time to advance to the title game on their home court with a 66-51 win over the Devils.
"They played together tonight," Jackson said. "We had excellent balanced scoring and they shared the ball and played hard."
Bryan Station was led by Carrington Caise's 16 points, including 12 points in the first half when the Defenders (23-5) were struggling to find any offense at all.
An 11-4 run gave the Devils a boost and an 18-9 lead after one quarter behind Candace Morton's 12 points. The Defenders didn't help themselves with seven turnovers and missing 10 of their first 13 shots.
"It shocked us," Amber Crumbie said of the Devils' early surge.
"I didn't expect it," Caise echoed.
Things started to look up for the Defenders in the second quarter when they used an 18-3 run to climb out of the nine-point hole and go into the half with a 33-27 lead.
In that span of four minutes and 30 seconds, the Devils (7-18) were held without a field goal. Extending into the second half, Henry Clay's field-goal drought stretched to just shy of nine minutes.
"We knew if we didn't come out hard, they'd come out and they'd beat us," said Crumbie, who had 14 points (making all six of her attempts) and nine rebounds for the winners. "So we played harder."
Serena Sandusky added 12 points and Victoria Clark 11 points and four steals for the Defenders, who shot 61.9 percent in the second half and 54 percent for the game.
Henry Clay's Morton led all scorers with 30 points.
For the third straight season, it will be Scott County against the Defenders in the championship game.
The Defenders know they're going to have to be wide awake to get the win.
"We're going to have to come out in the first quarter ready to play," Caise said. "The intensity's gotta be there from the beginning."
HENRY CLAY (7-18) — Evans 0-1 0-0 0, Morris 1-4 0-0 3, Morton 7-21 16-20 30, Price 4-6 0-0 8, Dunham 1-4 4-6 6, Claus 1-3 1-2 3, James 0-2 0-0 0, Moss 0-1 0-0 0, Kinchen 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 14-42 22-30 51.
BRYAN STATION (23-5) — Caise 7-13 2-2 16, Prince 3-9 0-0 9, Clark 5-10 1-2 11, Sandusky 4-6 4-4 12, A. Crumbie 6-6 2-3 14, H. Crumbie 1-2 0-0 2, Frazier 0-2 0-0 0, Lambert 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 27-50 9-11 66.
Henry Clay 18 9 9 15—51
Bryan Station 9 24 17 16—66